Canada is increasingly a country of energy doubters and energy idealists, where the nation’s economic foundation of oil and gas has become the conceptual battleground for much bigger issues.
There are some to believe that the energy supplied by Canada is a helpful contribution to the global economy are pitted against others carrying out an ethical crusade, apparently in the name of climate, that necessitates the nuisance of corporate sinners through demarketing, delegitimizing and divesting.
Monday’s election displayed pretty clearly where most westerners are on this. We are energy optimists. I would even say energy realists, in comparison to the energy idealists who will do just about anything (short of paying more for their flights) to stop the oil and gas business that symbolizes and contributes to climate releases.
The Trans Mountain pipeline project has until now delivered a handy barometer of how we are, as a country, reconciling economic and environmental ideas.
A seemingly limitless barrage of court challenges, accompanied by pauses, smidgens and the addition of new layers of costly conditions, has got us to a place where the project is actually under construction.
For years, political pundits have been predicting the Liberals would lose seats in Vancouver ridings next to the pipeline’s Pacific terminus on Burrard Inlet where, in 2015, the party earned five of the seven ridings that touch shoreline.
Local residents were exposed to climate marches, encampments, expandable killer whales, ersatz economic studies, vexatious charges, high-volume rhetoric about this and that certain catastrophe, celebrity drop-in appointments, and ever-inventive activist gambits to additionally whip up public concern.